The sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch Opens Today!

The sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch opens today 10 a.m.! Visit the new branch to check out all it has to offer!

Victoria City Council selected sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch as the name for the new Greater Victoria Public Library. Pronounced s-hweng hw-ung tongue-oo-hw, sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ is the name of the First Nations territory now known as James Bay, on which this library is situated. Listen to the pronunciation here

The land was named after the Lekwungen family group who lived in the area. The word sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ means “people who talk through their nose,” which is how the Lekwungen ancestors described the family group due to their accent.

There was strong support from the community during the Name That Library campaign to name the new branch a local First Nations name and to consult the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations on a suitable name. In consultation with the two local Nations, the name sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch was selected.

City Council also named the library’s two meeting rooms the Dr. Elmer Seniemten George M.S.M. Community Room (pronounced Sen-eem-ten), and the Mifflin Wistar Gibbs Study Room (pronounced Wis-ter). Learn more.

A grand opening celebration will be held in late spring.